Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry

Lowest Prices

We partner with the top bus & train carriers to bring you the best deals.

Best Travel Options

We help you find & compare the best buses & trains in one place.





Portsmouth - Cherbourg Ferry Schedule

Find cheap rental carsFind great deals on cheap cars in the area.
RentalCars logotypeRentalCars logotype

Journey Information

There is one daily ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Traveling by ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg usually takes around 8 hours, but some ferries might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance86 mi (138 km)
Shortest duration8h 0m
Cheapest price$76.90
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceBrittany Ferries
Ferry lines1

Price trends for ferries from Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Monthly average prices


What ferry companies travel from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

There is one ferry company that operates from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Brittany Ferries is the only company to provide ferry transportation at the moment. It only operates one ferry trip per day, which really narrows down the options.

FerryDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Brittany Ferries18h 0m$76.90
  • Brittany Ferries

    Brittany Ferries

    Book Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Cherbourg from $77. There are 1 Brittany Ferries schedules from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and you can expect on average to pay for a Brittany Ferries ticket to Cherbourg. In Portsmouth, Brittany Ferries departs to Cherbourg from Wightlink Gunwharf Terminal and no other station. In Cherbourg, Brittany Ferries arrives at Terminal Transmanche and no other station.

    An average trip on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Cherbourg takes 8 hours and 0 minutes .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our ferry partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, ferry carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the ferry or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the ferry ride from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The ferry usually takes around 8 hours to cover the 86 miles (138 kilometers) from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the ferry. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day to travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg?

The busiest day of the week to travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg is on Friday. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out. On the other hand, Friday is typically when ferries are least crowded. If you’re looking for a little extra space, taking a ferry on Friday is the way to go.

When do the earliest ferry and latest ferry leave Portsmouth?

There is usually only one ferry per day from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Therefore, the 11:00pm ferry is both the earliest and latest ferry.

How many ferries are there each day?

There is usually only one ferry per day from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct ferry, meaning that you do not have to get on a different ferry at any point during your trip.

City Information


Portsmouth, UK - GBRYH-0

Image credit: Unsplash

Portsmouth, UK - GBRYH-1

Image credit: Unsplash

Portsmouth, UK - GBRYH-2

Image credit: Unsplash

Portsmouth, located on the South coast of England, is home to several important historical dockyards and thus a storied maritime heritage. Though many people travel here to experience the nautical atmosphere, Portsmouth also offers many attractions and experiences to suit every taste.

For a taste of the sea, Henry VIII's Mary Rose is a must-see attraction, as well as Lord Nelson's famous HMS Victory. Both ships are accompanied by museums where visitors can learn more about these significant historical warships. If the weather drives you inside, take a walk around the Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery, hosting a variety of displays and recreations of how life has changed in Portsmouth over the centuries. To see the whole city all at once, climb Spinnaker Tower to see the city from 170 meters high. Finally, if you're feeling brave, walk across the glass Sky Walk to see the waves crash on the shore beneath your feet.

Due to its many ports, Portsmouth is accessible via ferry, as well as train, car, and bus. The South Western Railway makes getting to Portsmouth from London and other southern towns easy, while National Express and Megabus provide bus services that link many other major towns and cities.

Station Information

Where does the ferry leave from in Portsmouth?

Main departure station: Wightlink Gunwharf Terminal

Most ferries depart from the main station in Portsmouth.

All ferry stations in Portsmouth:

  • Wightlink Gunwharf Terminal

Where does the ferry arrive in Cherbourg?

Main arrival station: Terminal Transmanche

All ferries from Portsmouth arrive at one main station in Cherbourg.

Ferry stations in Cherbourg:

  • Terminal Transmanche

Get around town with Moovit

Download Moovit to see all of your local transit options in Cherbourg. Download here

Need a return trip from Cherbourg to Portsmouth?

Search Ferry Tickets

Wanderu is the simplest way to book bus and train travel.

With just a quick search on Wanderu, you can compare bus and train schedules and prices from hundreds of travel companies in one convenient place to find the trip that works best for you. Wanderu’s simple checkout process makes it easy to book cheap bus and train tickets hassle-free and with no additional fees. Most importantly, as Wanderu is an official partner of all leading bus and train companies, we always have the best bus and train deals out there.

Book buses and trains on the go with the Wanderu app.

Download our app and snag the best travel deals across North America & Europe.Learn more

Available on iOS & Android